Canadian Hit by Car in October Dies

A Canadian man who was hit by a car in Taichung, October 1, has died in a Calgary hospital, after returning to Canada by medevac last month. John Kelly, 31, passed away December 14, after his family made the decision to let him go peacefully. Doctors had told the family that Mr Kelly had extensive damage to his brain-stem and that there was no chance of recovery. Kelly had been teaching English in Taichung in order to be closer to

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Ambulance Smashes into Police Car: 1 Dead, 5 Injured

Photo: United Daily News One person died, and four were injured, when an ambulance traveling at high speed hit a police car, turned over, and ended up in a ditch. The accident occurred at 14:45 Xu Jia Township, Chiayi County. Both vehicles were traveling in the same direction when police spotted a motorcyclist riding without a helmet. Video from the ambulance’ dash-cam shows the police car indicating a left turn. The ambulance, was about to overtake the police car at

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31 Injured in Coach Crash

[Picture: United Daily News] Chiayi County: A coach carrying 40 passengers slammed into the back of another coach in a tunnel on National Highway 3, resulting in 31 injured, 8:00am, October 6, 2016. The rear-ended coach was not carrying any passengers at the time. The injured passengers were part of a group of temple volunteers from Taichung on an outing to visit a recreation area in Chiayi County. The most seriously injured was a 61 year-old man who had to

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15 Injured in Highway Pile-up

[picture: United Daily News] More than 10 ambulances were dispatched to the scene of an accident in Chiayi County after a coach plowed into cars on the National Highway at around 11:30am, Saturday, October 5. Cars were backed up due to reduced lanes for road work. A witness who saw the accident through his rear-vision mirror said the bus driver appeared not to have applied the brakes at all. Mr Wu said it was like seeing a bowling ball hitting

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Canadian Hit by Car: Family Seeks to Get Him Home

A 31 year-old Canadian man was hit by a car while crossing a street in Taichung on October 1, and remains in intensive care almost 3 weeks after the accident. John Kelly was crossing the street at an intersection when he was hit at high speed by a rental car driven by a 22 year-old driver. Mr Kelly was thrown about 10 meters, and sustained severe injuries, including a broken arm, broken collar bone, a shattered leg, and brain and

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Driver Plows into Crowded Street: 1 Dead, 13 Injured

A 79 year-old driver crashed his car in a crowded market street in New Taipei City’s Zhonghe District, hitting multiple vehicles including 2 cars, 7 motorcycles and a bicycle, leaving 1 dead, one seriously injured, and 12 with lighter injuries. The driver, Mr Shen, claims his accelerator pedal was stuck. Media pictures showed the twisted wreck of a bicycle ridden by the deceased, who died at the scene, along with scattered scooters. Witnesses said Mr Shen’s vehicle left a bloody

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Six-vehicle Pile-up on National Highway

Six vehicles were involved in an accident on the national highway in New Taipei City this morning at around 11:00am. Wet weather may have been a factor in the accident. Three people were trapped in their vehicles. The three injured were conscious when rushed to hospital. Injuries were described as non-life threatening.

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Chicken Truck Hits Scooter Truck: Oh What a Mess!

Chicken carcasses were scattered on a road in Tainan in the early hours of September 11, 2016, after a truck loaded with the freshly slaughtered animals slammed into a truck loaded with scooters. The driver of the chicken-truck was tailgating the larger scooter-carrying vehicle when the scooter-truck braked for a red light. The driver of the chicken-truck failed to see the traffic signal due to the large mass of the vehicle directly in front of him. Upon seeing the brake

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Transport Ministry Urges Education Department to Add Road Safety to Curriculum

Transport Minister Ho Chen-tan (賀陳旦) is urging the Department of Education to dedicate 6 hours per semester to road safety in elementary and high-schools, and 2 course credits at tertiary level. The education minister, however, has said that the curriculum is already full. Education Minister Pan Wen-zhong (潘文忠) said we shouldn’t add to students’ existing study load. The transport minister countered that it is important to inculcate a safety consciousness in people at an early age. He pointed out that

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Scotsman Wanted in Taiwan Remains in Custody After Bail Request

A British man wanted in Taiwan after being convicted and sentenced for a fatal drunk driving accident remains in custody in Scotland after a high court judge deferred a decision August 25, 2016. Zain Dean was accused of hitting and killing a newspaper delivery man in Taipei City in the early hours of March 27, 2010, and fleeing from the scene of the accident. After long and protracted legal proceedings, Mr Dean was convicted and sentenced to a four year

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Man Charged with Homicide After Road Rage Murder

The driver of a car who had claimed he hit a motorcycle by accident was charged with murder today after police found he had aggressively chased the motorcyclist for two kilometers before hitting the motorcycle from behind. The driver of the car, surnamed Wu, 39 years-old, called an ambulance after the motorcycle he hit went down and the rider smashed into a concrete utility pole. The motorcyclist, surnamed Huang, 42 years-old, died of internal injuries at the scene. Police became

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